This year we’ll be asking IATEFL Harrogate conference delegates to contribute their own Harrogate Online Roving Reporter reports.

We will be featuring accounts of sessions attended by conference delegates on each day of the event.

If you’re attending the conference and you are interested in writing session reports for the Harrogate Online website, please come to our Harrogate Online studio and we’ll explain what this involves.

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Duncan Foord: From language teacher to learner coach

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 21 Mar, 09:50

Are we still merely those people who stand at the front of the classroom and deliver language to those poor folks who share that room with us, or is it time we evolved into much more than that?


The central thesis of Duncan Foord's masterful conference session was that students now have so many opportunities to learn language outside of the confines of the traditional classroom that we should be making sure that we fullfil the role of learner coach, making sure that all of these opportunities are maximized for the best possible benefits.


Learning through a movie project: successful practice

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 18:18

Do you use movies in your class? Do you add worksheets and activities? Khulood Al Balooshi can give an answer to these questions. She started a movie bank to help her students learn English. She began by searching for suitable movies and designing tasks for each. The following are samples from her work: A-show the students the final scene of the Titanic, give a text written by one of the survivors and ask them to connect both. (An article can be found in "Titanic Voices". B-watch a movie without the audio and ask the students to write down the stages of preparing something like a cake.

Which is better? F2F or E-learning?

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 17:59

Przemyslaw Stencel discusses the difference between a F2F course and an online course. He states that you can motivate learners to take an online course by using the idea from the website "Open Course in Education Futures". The idea is that the course is mandatory for students, but anyone can join and comment on the course and the content.

They will never forget! Earworm tunes and PMA by Charles Goodger

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 16:04

Charles Goodger begins his session with a song accompanied by actions. He speaks about presenting music through language which makes the learning process easier and helps the students memorize language. He speaks of what he calls PMA: Permanent Memory Acquisition which accelerates language learning. 

Parents' roles in language learning of their children by Mandana Arfa Kabooduand

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 15:56

Mandana begins her session by presenting different research results regarding the role of parents in the educational system. She divides parents into different types:

a- those who do not know an FL and are middle class members of society

b- parents who do not know an FL and are financially well

c- parents who speak and FL and can help

d- parents who do not give much attention


Pervasive playfulness and mobile technologies for embodied language learning by Paul Driver

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 13:24

Paul Driver uses technology to enhance his students' learning skills. He uses Google Maps to create an artifact used for storytelling. Every student uploads photos of streets or places and tells a story about them. He explains about a project that he is currently working on with his students: The language learners in this game are aliens and they have come to research earth including the people, the surroundings and objects. The students are required to describe objects as if they are seeing them for the first time in their life.

Let's Turn you on! Switch to rhythmic mobile learning! by Carole Nicoll

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 12:36

Dear All,


Carol Nicoll began her session with a great activity. She sand a song along with gestures and dancing activities in order to make the point that students are able to sing along with all songs because the words are transported to the brain  (long temr memory- auditory cortex) and that is where they stay. Therefore, when one listens to a song, one retains the pronunciation, intonation, and chunks of grammar are used intiuitivly. 

Plenary session by Adrian Underhill

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Tue 20 Mar, 12:29

Dear All,

Presenter profile: Suzanne Mordue

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Tue 20 Mar, 10:43

Suzanne has travelled the same path as me to get here from Istanbul. Here's what she has in store for us.



Could you introduce yourself to us?

I work at the British Council in Istanbul. I am from the north east of England, which makes me a Geordie.



Can you tell us a bit about your session?


Using e-portfolios for alternative assessment

Presenter profile: Natalie Gorohova

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Tue 20 Mar, 10:28

If, like me, you have no idea what Design Thinking Methodology is, Natalie's session might be for you. Here's what she has in store for us.


Please introduce yourself.

I am a Business English trainer from Riga, Latvia. I run my own business, providing Business English and Skills training to leading Latvian companies and individuals.


Tell us a bit about your session:


Boardroom to classroom: design thinking and modern creativity techniques